Find Your Signature Scent With These Fresh Men's Fragrances

Fragrance is the finishing touch to good grooming. Try these fresh scents to suit any style


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New Zealand model Vinnie Woolston is the global face of Yves Saint Laurent’s La Nuit de L’Homme fragrance.

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GENTLEMEN ONLY

Smooth as slipping into a Giorgio Armani suit, the designer’s new Armani Code Absolu is a class act from its sleek bottle to its elegant but uplifting notes. Think crisp apple and green mandarin, light spices, orange blossom and a warm woody base in this 60ml eau de parfum for $145.

NEW REIGN

K is code for King in the latest launch from Dolce & Gabbana. This exuberant woody aromatic fragrance stands out with its Italianate confidence. There’s also a range of K shave and body products, but the crowning glory is the eau de toilettes in two sizes, with the 50ml at $109.

SPORTING STAR

Let the games begin, with this champion trophy containing Invictus Legend, a winning shot of woody spicy scent. (Just don’t mention the Rugby World Cup movie of the same name least it jinx the ABs this time round). The 80ml eau de parfum costs $195.

WOODSMAN

At one with nature, this limited edition from Issey Miyake is subtly surprising. Cedarwood and sandalwood are spritzed with grapefruit and a hint of earthy vetiver in a bottle that also speaks of organic origins and costs $104 for the 50ml eau de parfum. (In store from late September)

CORPORATE OPERATOR

An inkwell of a bottle — display desk side with one of Mont Blanc’s renowned pens — this houses the new Explorer fragrance. The woody aromatic and leather notes will transport the wearer far from boardroom blues. Priced at $145 for 100ml.

GAME PLAYER

High-stakes gamblers and retro gamers alike will be drawn to the gold bullion bar housing Paco Rabanne’s exuberant One Million fragrance. It’s a Paco for Pac-man collector’s edition, with an imprint of the 1980s gaming sensation’s little gobbler, complete with numbers denoting the game’s highest score. The 80ml eau de toilette is $195.

SCI-FI FAN

An encounter with the unexpected, Alien Man is a sensual blend of leather and osmanthus blossom with hints of apricot and smoky woods. The $100ml eau de toilette from French designer Thierry Mugler is $145.

HIPSTER HELPER

Conjure up that Brooklyn ambience with this innovative scent from New York boutique makers in D.S & Durga’s Burning Barbershop. Zesty and minty with charred depths. The 50ml eau de parfum costs $299.

LIVING LARGE

Monumental is Karen Walker’s first and so far only men’s fragrance and it’s a modern take on a classic, oriental spicy scent thanks to the likes of peppers and pomegranate. Shrinking violets step aside, but other floral notes make this complex and compelling. The 100ml eau de parfum costs $179.

LOCAL HERO

Sensual and smooth, YSL’s La Nuit de L’Homme New eau de parfum takes this variation of a top seller on a tangent, with interesting cool and warm fragrant contrasts. A familiar face remains on the campaign, with New Zealand model Vinnie Woolston playing the French ideal for YSL. $190 for 100ml.


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